The Netzwerk Teilchenwelt at the University of Bonn

In the nationwide Netzwerk Teilchenwelt, students, teachers and interested people can experience current research in hadron, particle and astroparticle physics up close. The project is based on the cooperation of numerous institutions: In addition to CERN, 30 research institutes and universities are involved. The network is supported and funded by BMBF, Dr. Hans Riegel-Stiftung Bonn and DPG.

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn has been involved in the network since 2010. The project in Bonn is coordinated by the zdi-Schülerlabors Physikwerkstatt Rheinland.

Since 2019, the University of Bonn has also been a node (regional hub) of the Netzwerk Teilchenwelt. Nodes create regional and local offers for pupils and students in various areas of particle physics and are involved in the coordination and development of cross-location offers in Netzwerk Teilchenwelt. Find out more about the activities and thematic focuses of the Bonn hub.

News
DIY detector workshop for Fellows at the University of Bonn

On May 16, 2024, the Research and Technology Center for Detector Physics (FTD) at the University of Bonn hosted a workshop for pupils and students to build their own small particle detectors. The participants built their own small particle detectors under the direction of Sebastian Laudage (AG Prof. Florian Bernlochener) and Dr. Maike Hansen.

Particle café in April 2024 with Prof. Lena Funcke

On April 22, 2024, Prof. Lena Funcke was a guest at the Particle Café at the University of Bonn to talk to interested pupils and students.

Science communication workshop at the Physics Center Bad Honnef

From April 15 to 17, 2024, the workshop on communicating the physics of the smallest particles took place at the Physics Center in Bad Honnef. In theoretical and practical sessions, the participants were given various methods and materials to successfully communicate particle physics.

Offers & campaigns for schools and young people

At the University of Bonn, students have the opportunity to gain insights into research on the physics of the smallest particles through a wide range of offers.

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Particle Physics Masterclasses

From the 10th grade

The Particle Physics Masterclasses organized by the "Netzwerk Teilchenwelt" are project days led by young scientists from the physics department in Bonn. The focus of the event is the analysis of current data from particle physics experiments.

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International Masterclass "hands on particle physics"

From the 10th grade

Research institutions around the world open their doors and invite students from the 10th grade and above to try their hand at particle physics for a day. The University of Bonn also participates in such events.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© M. Hansen

International Cosmic Day

From the 10th grade

Every year, interested school students are invited to research institutions to spend a whole day exploring the world of cosmic radiation. The University of Bonn is also involved in organizing such events.

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Lending of school experiments

By arrangement, experiments can be borrowed by schools or pupils. Pupils can use these experiments for specialized research projects such as the "Facharbeit".

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
Surface Detector with Cosmic Shower © Pierre Auger Observatory

Cosmics4School

High-energy cosmic rays hit the Earth's atmosphere and generate particle showers. These particle showers consist of unstable,
short-lived particles that decay on their way. Some of the particles are muons and can be detected on the ground. However, muons are also short-lived particles. How quickly do they decay?

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Supervision of school internships and student research projects

Are you looking for a topic for a "Facharbeit" or a (research) internship in the field of experimental particle or detector physics? The Netzwerk Teilchenwelt in Bonn offers various opportunities for project days or internships within the framework of Netzwerk Teilchenwelt.

Focus of the Netzwerk Teilchenwelt hub in Bonn

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DIY particle detectors

Millions of tiny particles pass our bodies every second without us noticing. These particles are part of cosmic radiation and usually pass through the earth unnoticed. To make them visible, we need particle detectors. The development of do-it-yourself detectors and the development of concepts that make this topic accessible is an important focus in Bonn.

Are you studying physics and looking for a thesis where you can develop your own detector concept?

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© M. Hansen

Bilingual Masterclasses

In a bilingual masterclass, the lectures and communication with the mediators are partly held in English. This concept offers students a great opportunity to authentically experience the international nature of research and acquire practical language skills.

Are you interested in a bilingual masterclass? Can you imagine teaching masterclasses during your studies or would you like to contribute to the further development of the concepts? Then get in touch with us!

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© M. Hansen

Machine Learning Masterclass

Modern methods for data analysis are playing an increasingly important role given the large amount of data that has to be analyzed in particle physics experiments at CERN or KEK and have become an integral part of current research. In this masterclass, participants will evaluate particle physics events using a neural network and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of machine learning methods in physics and society. The masterclass was developed at the University of Münster and didactically enhanced in collaboration with PUNCH.

Participate in the network

Both pupils and students can get involved and become a part of Netzwerk Teilchenwelt!

Deine Möglichkeiten im Netzwerk Teilchenwelt

Become a member in the network

As a student, you can take part in a master class as a tutor to qualify for the Netzwerk Teilchenwelt CERN workshops.  Students who finished school and started university programs can take part in the fellow Program.

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Become a facilitator

Do you study physics or work in particle physics? Do you enjoy communicating science and would you like to participate in the network's activities in Bonn?

Offers for fellows and facilitators

Students and young people who participate in the network have the opportunity to take part in various nationwide and regional offers via the Netzwerk Teilchenwelt. The University of Bonn has been a node (regional hub) in the Netzwerk Teilchenwelt network since 2019 and organizes additional events for mediators and fellows within this framework. If you would like to be informed about the next dates of events for young people and fellows at the University of Bonn, you can subscribe to this mailing list.

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Onboarding Events

Once a quarter, the Netzwerk Teilchenwelt in Bonn organizes a nationwide online onboarding event for prospective mediators and new location contacts. The first part of this event introduces Netzwerk Teilchenwelt. Subsequently, a specific format or masterclass will be presented as part of "Spotlight On...". The Spotlight On format also offers an opportunity for nationwide and cross-location exchange on a specific measurement/masterclass and to present new developments in the network.

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Workshop on Science Communication

As part of Netzwerk Teilchenwelt, Bonn offers an annual workshop on science communication in English. The workshop covers the basics of science communication, the preparation and communication of research content and methods to young people, as well as interactive and participatory methods.

The workshop includes theoretical learning units as well as practical exercises, providing participants with tips and suitable materials to effectively communicate the physics of the smallest particles in a vivid manner.

Additionally, the workshop features insights from external speakers and allows time for best-practice exchange among the participants.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
© M. Hansen

Particle Café

At the event regularly organized by the node, young people and students who are members of the fellow program of Netzwerk Teilchenwelt can engage in discussions with scientists and alumni of the University of Bonn in a relaxed atmosphere over coffee and cake. This provides an opportunity to learn more about possible paths into science.

Contact

These are the local contact persons for Netzwerk Teilchenwelt in Bonn. You will find the respective contact persons under the individual offers.

Avatar Bernlochner

Prof. Dr. Florian Bernlochner

2.011

Nußallee 12

53115 Bonn

Avatar Hansen

Dr. Maike Hansen

Raum 2.003

Nussallee 12

53115 Bonn

Avatar Laudage

Sebastian Laudage

Raum 2.003

Nussallee 12

53115 Bonn

Avatar Valeriani-Kaminski

Dr. Barbara Valeriani-Kaminski

1.042

Nußallee 12

53115 Bonn

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